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21 December 2021

New dates announced for resumed sessions of UN Biodiversity Convention’s two
subsidiary bodies and post-2020 global biodiversity framework working group

22 December 2021 – The physical meeting of the resumed sessions of the Convention on Biological
Diversity’s (CBD) scientific and implementation bodies, and the working group tasked with developing
the post-2020 global biodiversity framework, have been rescheduled for March 2022 in Geneva,

“These three meetings are critical to developing an effective post-2020 global biodiversity framework,”
said Elizabeth Maruma Mrema, CBD Executive Secretary.

“As we prepare for these meeting, I want to remind everyone that words, even targets, are not enough.
Pledges and commitments bring the most impact when they are matched with planned, prioritized and
persistent actions. We have the responsibility to ensure that an effective post-2020 global biodiversity
framework is successfully negotiated, and that urgent action is taken to implement it.”

Originally scheduled for Geneva from 12-28 January 2022, the physical meetings of the resumed sessions
of the twenty-fourth meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Scientific, Technical and Technological Advice
(SBSTTA 24), the third meeting of the Subsidiary Body on Implementation (SBI 3) and the Open-ended
Working Group on the Post-2020 Global Biodiversity Framework (WG2020-3) will now be held 13-29
March 2022, at the International Conference Centre Geneva in Geneva.

In order to reconvene the meetings as soon as feasible, the Secretariat decided on the new datesfollowing
consultation with the Government of Switzerland, the COP Bureau, the Chairs of SBSTTA and SBI and the
WG2020 Co-Chairs.

The Secretariat will continue to monitor further developments, and issue updates on any changes and
adjustments that may become necessary.

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